William Preston Phelps, American (1848-1923).
Phelps was born in New Hampshire and moved to Lowell, MA where he worked as a sign painter and painted landscapes.
His self-taught talent was recognized and in 1875, he was sent to Paris and Munich for three years to study.
Returning to the US, he began to exhibit his works in Boston. He also exhibited at the National Academy of Design
on several occasions.
A native of New England, Phelps developed a life-long love for the New England landscape and its people. He painted
many scenes in New Hampshire and of the Merrimack Valley. Phelps also ventured west in 1886 where he painted a
monumental work of the Grand Canyon that was considered an amazing feat and drew much praise. A plein aire painter,
he took his canvases into the open, and built shelters around them to complete his landscapes on site. His adept use
of light and the richness of palette in this winter scene are extraordinary.
"Late Afternoon, a Winter Day."
Signed lower left.
Oil on canvas. 16" x 24"